Police Captain Alexander Moffat came out of his last case with an addition to the family: a new foster son for whom Alex and his wife Jean quickly develop a fondness. They worry that the teenager refuses to face the stress from the adversities of his young life. They don’t realize he keeps secrets.
Brian Rocha is a handsome, charismatic politician with some nasty habits that he keeps secret and some enemies whose existence he has failed to recognize. A tall, rich, slightly bored wife; an ambitious chief of staff; an ignored and overburdened younger sister; a sad but adoring longtime girlfriend; and Rocha’s political opponents may fall into this category. Or, it could be that Brian’s own heart is out to get him.
Captain Moffat must investigate the suspicious death at the Old Schoolhouse Historic Site in the 150-year-old California gold rush town of Manzanita while managing his suddenly complicated personal life. He is assisted by 27-year-old Sergeant Jason De la Peña and a team of eager but inexperienced young officers. Moffat faces the challenge with his usual, calm and thoughtful approach even while his superiors in the police force and county government begin to crack under the mounting pressure of what appears to be a crime with shocking statewide implications.
Moffat and De la Peña identify and discard suspects at an unusually rapid rate. They find clues in food and drink, cosmetics, the zeroes and ones of computer hard drives and even a wall and one very tidy recycling bin. They head north and south and unearth a strange conspiracy that may or may not answer the question about Brian.
Family Values: In Vivo Veritas is the second Alexander Moffat mystery by R.S.Edwards.
- Scott Edwards, December 2012
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